FAA Ruling for Airline Pilots

The U.S. Congress directed the FAA to make changes to the way airlines hire first officers. Beginning in August 2013, first officers must hold an air transport pilot (ATP) certificate or the new restricted ATP.

The new restricted ATP requires, among other things, that a pilot has logged at least:

  • 1,000 total flight hours and a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with a set number of academic courses completed that have been specifically approved by the FAA.
  • 1,250 total flight hours and an associate’s degree (2-year program) with a set number of academic courses completed that have been specifically approved by the FAA.
  • 1,500 total flight hours if the pilot received training some other way in general aviation.

Rocky Mountain College has been approved by the FAA at the highest standard —1,000 total hours for our graduates. This means that students know the FAA has examined RMC’s aviation curriculum and considers the aviation program to be one of the strongest in the nation. Needing 250 or 500 more flight hours before a pilot is eligible for employment at an airline could delay his or her career by many months or more.

There are other requirements for the restricted ATP, such as multi-engine time and cross country time. Also, a graduate of RMC is allowed to have completed private pilot flight training at a school not approved by the FAA, but not more than that. A graduate from RMC can be assured that his or her airline pilot career would not move faster if they went to another school.

For more details, see the FAA website.

To apply for the certificate, Rocky Mountain College graduates must complete this form and turn it in to the Director of Aviation.

The list of courses offered at RMC that count are on this spreadsheet:

You must turn in a copy of your unofficial transcript with the application.

 
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